In the 1760’s, the Royal Society had designs to send a group of astronomers to the south pacific to observe the transition of the planet Venus between the Earth and the Sun on June 3rd 1769. This was a rare astronomical event not to be repeated for more than a century. The expedition was supported both by George 3rd who granted the sum £4000 to defray expenses, and the Royal Navy, who were to provide a ship. This ship was the Whitby Collier Earl of Pembroke, which was purchased on 29 March 1768 and renamed His Majesty’s Bark Endeavour.
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